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Cheap Date: A blanket, a bottle of red and a little au jus (on the side)

September 29th 01:09pm, 2011

083111_redwineWelcome to Cheap Date, a new online column that takes the stress out of planning your next date. Every other Thursday, Nightlife reviewer Matt Berkley will reveal how you can enjoy the best our city has to offer for under $30.

Some good news for guys: The ladies are much easier to romance than we give them credit for. Any female worth your time can, without hesitation, admit their preference for a slight hint of post-workout man-scent over a strong whiff of ineffectual, designer cologne. Likewise, some imagination, a bit of real taste and a few behind-the-stove skills are of infinitely more value than cookie-cutter dates that overcompensate with shallow, high-priced, “romantic” meals. It’s the difference between being stylish and having actual style.

Wine
Simplicity is good. Simplicity and red wine is even better (In reality, anything with red wine is better.). Any respectable restaurant in town will charge you a bare minimum of $20 for a bottle of red – usually more than double what they shelled out to the distributor. Cut out the middle man and opt instead for a store-bought $6 bottle of Yellow Tail Malbec – the dark, robust, monster of Argentinean reds.

Takeout
Sounds weird, but sandwiches are the ideal comfort food for spur-of-the-moment dates. Not only are they highly mobile, but they also leave lots of room for imagination. If you haven’t been, definitely hit up Fozzie’s Sandwich Emporium on South Big Bend Boulevard. Grab three sandwiches: One you think she’d like, one for you, and one communal – plus you might throw in for a house-made cookie. For about $23, you’ll both have plenty to share. And may I suggest Da Dip, a local take on the classic Franco roast beef sandwich, smothered in onions, Swiss cheese and a creamy “tiger” sauce? Do yourself and your date a favor and ask for the au jus on the side.

Outdoor Venue
Rather than feed the ducks from a random picnic patch, opt for a night out with some culture at an idyllic venue like Forest Park or the Botanical Gardens for a free outdoor concert or show. Here, I’ll make it easy: This Friday, smooth out an old blanket on your own piece of real estate on the field just south of the History Museum for the torchlight “calling” of the clans, which sets off the annual St.  Louis Scottish Games and Cultural Festival.

By Matt Berkley

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One Response to “Cheap Date: A blanket, a bottle of red and a little au jus (on the side)”

  1. Jeff Redding Says:
    September 29th, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    Is it necessary that a date be between a man and a woman to enjoy the beneifts of this column?

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